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Humanities Center

Work-In-Progress Series

Rina Faletti - Art History

“Water, Environment and Aesthetics in California”

Friday, April 2, 12:00 PM

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Meeting ID: 849 9963 6804

Passcode: 656373

rina falettiRina Faletti will talk about her book in progress, Aesthetics of Water: Faces of U.S. Urban Modernism. She will share how the visual appearance of hydraulic infrastructure, from art deco dams to mission-revival hydropower substations and Roman-style water temples, has played a central role in modernizing every major city in the nation. While it is indisputable that water powers urban prosperity, Faletti focuses on the water imagery that powers the cultural values underlying and promoting that prosperity. From the late 18thcentury, waterworks buildings were as much a foundation of U.S. urban history as banks, churches, capital buildings, and universities. The San Francisco Bay Area region was the first in the West to build engineered water systems on a monumental scale, and these built upon earlier traditions of water imagery, meant to glorify water and the technologies that moved it, true to the present day.

Rina C. Faletti, Ph.D. is a historian of art and architecture and an environmental humanist who writes about water, art and the city. At Chico State, Rina is an Instructor in Art, Art History and Architecture, and is Special Projects Coordinator for the Jacki Headley University Art Gallery. She has published about water in ancient Rome, pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, New Orleans, and California. She is co-editor and chapter author of Hydrohumanities: Water Discourse and Environmental Futures (UC Press, 2022).

Art and Social Change

With the 2020-21 theme, Art and Social Change, the Humanities Center seeks to inspire discussion about the ways that art can help us understand the past, engage with current social concerns, and envision the future. Events will highlight interdisciplinary humanities research and creative activity on the impact of the arts on society, locally and internationally. Focusing on intersectional issues of social justice, including systemic racism, sexism, and economic disparity, we will engage scholars, students, and the community in conversation on how art reflects and provokes social change.